I am so thankful for my grandparents! Beyond that, I'm thankful that my parents were so young when they had me that I was able to know all 4 of my grandparents and 3 of my great grandparents.
Two of my great grandparents (my Dad's grandmother & my Mom's grandfather) died when I was very young & although I remember meeting them & spending time with them, I have very few lasting memories of them. But my Mom's grandmother, Big Nana, I was blessed enough to know for nearly 20 years. I had an amazing relationship with her and I miss her every day. I'm so thankful for all the time I got to spend getting to know her & all she taught me, including how to make her infamous yarn hangers. I have vivid memories of time spent at her house talking, cooking, laughing, playing games & being happy. I am forever thankful for my Big Nana.
My Dad's parents are now also both deceased. We lost my grandfather about a year before Big Nana. Again, I was able to know him & build a relationship with him for nearly 20 years. He was an amazing man & I also had a special relationship with him. I remember him taking me to the park, going on walks together, playing in the yard...he loved to be outside! He and my grandmother had a loving relationship that was very obvious to all of us. We lost my grandmother about a year ago. I miss her everyday. I obviously knew her the best as I had 35 years with her. She was such a strong woman and I saw that especially after she lost her husband and best friend. Grandma loved to play games and I'm happy to have her Trouble, Rumikub & Uno cards that I use to play with now. She also loved her sweets so last week I had a special cookie in her honor. And she was thrilled to become a great grandmother, 3 times while she was alive & twice more a month after she passed. I'm so thankful for all the great memories of my Latacz grandparents and I think of them all the time.
My Mom's parents are thankfully still with us. I'm thankful that I still have them to develop our relationship. We don't see them as often as I would like, but I'm thankful that through the wonders of Skype my boys are getting to develop a relationship with Great Nana and Great Pop. I will continue to treasure all the time I get with them. I'm hoping we can swing a trip to NJ early this summer, mainly to spend time with them.
I know I am blessed to have so many special relationships with so many grandparents & for that I am forever thankful. I am hopeful that my boys will have the time and opportunity to develop strong relationships with their grandparents as well. They are lucky enough to have met 7 great grandparents and 4 of their grandparents. I will continue to work to make sure they know how special that relationship is.